Everyone's favorite statistic from the 2020-21 NBA season, when the Blake Griffin trade rumors were swirling up in Motor City, was that the former dunk-ologist of the league had not completed a single in-game dunk in two years. Yep — the guy that jumped over a car, put Kendrick Perkins, Timofey Mozgov and several other big men on unforgettable posters, and gave the Clippers their "Lob City" moniker — was the one who seemingly couldn't produce enough lower body strength to even get the ball above the rim.
My, how a change of scenery can also result in a change of vertical jump! And if the regular season dunks that Griffin was able to pull off after his trade to Brooklyn weren't enough, the pair of absolute yams that he displayed in the first half of Game 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks were sure to make Pistons fans really, really frustrated.
The first came on a putback attempt, where Griffin flew in from out of nowhere to punish the rim.
Does that look like a pair of legs that struggles to get up? You could fit a whole entire Kevin Hart in the space between his sneakers and the hardwood. But no one got in the way of that dunk, and we had to wait a whole entire... ten minutes, or something like that, for the Greek Freak to try his luck at stopping a Blake Griffin dunk. Time to turn back the clock once again.
And did we mention that outside of those monster jams, Griffin is playing pretty well? In Game 1 of the series against the Bucks, Griffin had 18 points and 14 rebounds, which is the same amount of double-doubles as he had the whole year with the Pistons. So, as is the case with any former player of a team playing well, the Pistons got a full dose of Twitter treatment due to Blake's sudden resurgence.